Big hitters and a superstar namesake: Five to watch in IPL auction



2022-02-10 13:30:00

(From L to R) David Warner, Eoin Morgan, Shahrukh Khan and Kagiso Rabada. Photograph: file  

NEW DELHI: A few of the world’s high cricketers will probably be amongst 590 gamers in the two-day auction for the big-bucks Indian Premier League this weekend.

AFP sport appears at 5 stars who might entice large charges when the ten franchises — together with two new ones — place their bids in Bangalore forward of the Twenty20 event due to begin in late March.

David Warner – Australia

The swashbuckling opener silenced his critics final yr along with his key function in Australia’s maiden T20 World Cup triumph following a poor IPL season with Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Warner, 35, who led the facet to their solely IPL title in 2016, was eliminated as Hyderabad’s captain in the primary leg of the pandemic-hit competitors, later dropped from the crew and lastly launched.

However the left-hand batsman, who scored 289 runs in the World Cup, stays one of many 10 marquee gamers in the mega auctions — with a base worth of $267,000 — and is predicted to set off a bidding warfare.

Eoin Morgan – England

The World Cup-winning captain led IPL facet Kolkata Knight Riders to the ultimate in the final version — finally gained by Chennai Tremendous Kings — however was later launched by the franchise.

His aggressive model of cricket and sharp management expertise have all the time attracted white-ball groups throughout the globe, however his current batting type stays a reason for fear.

The left-hand batsman managed to rating simply 133 runs in 17 matches in the earlier version, however a lack of England stars similar to Ben Stokes in the upcoming auctions would possibly make him a good choose. He has a base worth of $200,000.

Jason Holder -West Indies

The previous West Indies captain has been in red-hot type with each bat and ball. The tempo bowler claimed 4 wickets in 4 balls in his crew’s beautiful T20 sequence victory over England final month.

Holder, 30, who has a base worth of $200,540, top-scored with 57 in his crew’s opening ODI towards India, albeit in a shedding trigger, and will probably be on the radar of the IPL groups to fill their all-rounder slot.

The 6-foot-6 Holder has had stints with Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata in the profitable league, however the upcoming auction might be his large payday.

Shahrukh Khan – India

He shares his identify with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who owns IPL’s Kolkata crew, however his explosive batting expertise might drive him cricketing stardom.

The uncapped middle-order batsman, who hit a last-ball six in home T20 competitors to seal a win for his state Tamil Nadu, has a strike price of over 136 in 50 T20 matches.

Shahrukh, 26, was lately added to the Indian crew for the West Indies sequence and might enter the IPL millionaire’s membership this auction.

Kagiso Rabada – South Africa

The South African tempo ace has been key to the Delhi Capitals’ success in the earlier two seasons and was the main bowler with 30 scalps in 2020 once they reached the ultimate.

Rabada, 26, stays one of many few real tempo bowlers in world cricket and appears to justify his base worth of $267,000, with groups anticipated to shell out large bucks for him.

He labored up a fiery Delhi assault with fellow South African fast Anrich Nortje, who has been retained by the franchise, who might dig deep into their pockets to get the combo again.

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